I am unabashedly guilty of the first and have to confess that Anik Dutta’s Aparajito—about the making of Pather Panchali, a tribute to Ray in his centennial year—was steeped in nostalgia for me. I’m thus incapable of writing a detached review.
Margaret Bourke-White came from the capitalist world while Sunil Janah was sworn to a communist ideal in a country still under colonial subjugation, but surprisingly they shared a common motto that made them authentically capture the reality of their times.
Two art assignments saw my daughter attempt Kandinsky’s synaesthetic technique of giving shape and colour to music on Beethoven’s ‘Moonlight Sonata’ and dive into the pointillist style of Van Gogh. Her engagement with both took me to the days when I got acquainted with their work.